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False-parasitized cocoons and the biology of Aididae

Epstein, M.E.

Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 97(4): 750-756


ISSN/ISBN: 0013-8797
Accession: 031417444

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Two or four holes in the outer mesh of cocoons in Aididae appear to mimic exit holes of parasitic Hymenoptera. Cocoon construction in Aidos amanda (Stoll) from Venezuela is described and documented with photographs, along with notes on its biology. Annona punicifolia is reported as a larval hostplant of A. amanda. Literature on the cocoons and biology of Aididae are reviewed. Citations of Guyaba as a larval hostplant of A. amanda are considered to be erroneous based on misidentified larvae. Scenarios for the evolution of cocoon construction in Aididae are discussed, as are possible functions of the false exit holes in their cocoons.

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